Huma Abedin Returns to Hillary Clinton's Transition Team

Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 05:26 PM

By Cathy Burke

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The wife of sexting-scarred and failed mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is back on the job as director of Hillary Clinton’s transition office.

Clinton spokesman Phillippe Reines told Talking Points Memo that Huma Abedin is working again at the position from which she took time off in July.

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Reines sharply disputed Abedin ever did anything but take a break.

"Huma is Transition Director as much today as" she was before "she took some well-deserved time off," Reines said in an email to TPM.

TPM said Abedin helped Weiner campaign and fundraise, but she was notably absent from his side after a July 23 press conference in which Weiner confessed to online flirtations even after his resignation from Congress. The former first lady and former President Clinton were reportedly upset at Weiner’s scandalous behavior.

In an interview with BuzzFeed last month, Weiner said he knew his wife would have a role on a Clinton presidential campaign, but confessed: "I feel that what I have done has hurt her. Hurt her professionally, hurt her personally. She’s gotten roughed up."

Abedin was nowhere in sight on primary election day Tuesday, and Weiner never mentioned her in his concession speech that night, The New York Post reported.

Instead, she spent election eve at a Clinton fundraiser in Washington. Weiner’s campaign explained she wasn’t around to cast her ballot with her husband Tuesday because she had to "jump on a call," the newspaper reported.

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On Thursday, pictures of Abedin and Weiner together were in the New York Daily News: she scanning her phone while her husband drove their SUV.

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